USA- Thedetroitbureau.com writes that the number of traffic fatalities in the United States dropped by about two percent last year. The number of fatal collisions rose in the years following the recession but has been on the decline in the last few years. If the early estimates are correct, then the number of deadly collisions has dropped for two years in a row.
While the numbers are falling, tens of thousands of people are still dying in these incidents, and declining by two percent is not enough of an improvement. According to a spokesperson at the National Safety Council, it is possible to make greater enhancements to roadway safety. Efforts should include increasing the use of methods that have been proven to work, changing the culture to take safety more seriously, and making use of new technology that is capable of further reducing driving-related risks.
The problems creating roadway risks are not new. Drunk driving, speeding, and distracted driving are all common causes of collisions. There are concerns that the legalization of marijuana may create additional risks to drivers and others on the road as well.
Pedestrian deaths are also a disturbing factor because even as overall fatalities drop, the number of deadly pedestrian crashes continues to rise.
Not all states saw a decline in accident-related deaths. Several states saw notable increases in deadly collisions.
The NSC stated that Utah is the first state to reduce the legal limit for alcohol from .08 percent to .05 percent. Reports indicate that other states are now considering lowering their legal limit as well in an effort to combat drunk driving crashes.
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